What I ended up letting go of was my Quilty 365 project. I had been making orange peel blocks for that project since December 1, 2015, and I think I was up to about 180 of them! It was an interesting project, but even when all my body parts were in tact I had a hard time keeping up with making a block a day.
So, since April they've been sitting there, nagging at me. "What are you going to do with us?" It has taken me almost four months to decide.
The other day I got out all of my orange peel blocks.
It was fun to sort through them and remember why I had made each particular block.
I made piles of them - holiday blocks, favorite colors, favorite fabrics, pieces from projects I had been working on. And made a decision.
One of my piles turned into the blocks that are most meaningful to my husband and me. We love wine tasting and coffee dates.
We enjoy bird watching.
We are supremely entertained by the squirrels in our yard, even though my husband spends hours trying to keep them out of our bird feeders. "Squirrel wars," I call it! The little bit of red heart fabric tells that we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary this year!
And best of all, last December my husband got the All Clear from his oncologist, and we said goodbye to him, hoping never to return!
I sewed 12 of these orange peels together into four patches that measured about 9 1/2 inches-
and have put those together with some black polka dots for a border and sashing to make a special table runner, just for us. I might add another border of my leftover Kona Crimson.
Next step - batting, backing, and quilting it - coming right up.
As for the other orange peels, I'm thinking they could become mug rugs or pincushions. I think there might even be enough fun orange peels to make a quilt for a child that I could donate. Many of them were fabrics I had worked with that day, leftover blocks from a project, or orphan charm squares - not as meaningful to me as some that I made - so I won't mind not having them in a project I would keep for myself. I think all of this will satisfy me just as much as the 365 orange peels sewn together that I had originally planned.
It's hard to abandon a project, but it's not the first one! I have other WiPs and plans for quilts that inspire me more, so on I go!
Linking up to Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun than Housework for Sunday's scrappy inspiration!